Wednesday, March 3, 2010

World Cups - USA 1994

The 1994 World Cup finals were the first to be played in a country with little or no football history. And though the sun shone, Brazil won, the neutrals went home happy and the tournament was declared a success, you didn't need to compare the pale, goalless final to its glorious 1970 counterpart to feel football had somehow misplaced its History at USA '94.

Sure, there were great goals and great, historical controversies

But there was Diana Ross, somehow setting the tone

And little spoke more of the lack of national football character than the billowing, characterless, portable box-nets installed at each of the venues.

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